Nancy Harris, SageLast week, Sage issued a press release about the introduction of five cloud products globally. The problem is the information issued was about as wispy as a cloud. Some products—or new versions—were released in the United States, but not in the rest of the world. Or it went the other way around—available elsewhere, but not here. Sage did itself a disservice.

It sounds great to mass these products in one announcement. However, they do not appeal to the same buyers or there is little connection other than their being in the cloud and using similar tools. So there is Sage People, "Human Capital Management (HCM) solution for mid-sized enterprises. Available now in the UK, US, Canada and Australia with further roll outs to come." That sounds far afield for Sage One, whose major news appears to be that its latest release, already available in the U.K., U.S. and Canada, was newly released in France and Germany. The integration of Pegg, the accounting bot, was mentioned for Sage Live and says it is available here with global rollout later this year. Then, there's Sage 50c, available in the United Kingdom, with plans to move it elsewhere in 2017. That's very interesting as Sage 50 is different in each country. So what does this mean about architecture plans? Anything? The press release quotes Nancy Harris, EVP of Sage North America, as stating the releases demonstrate the company's expertise in artificial intelligence with more to come and with plans to make accounting invisible by 2020. The announcement seems designed to downplay the extent this stuff was already available. If anyone can sort it out, let me know. I find I have to jump back and forth from the release to appropriate parts of the Sage website to learn anything. This is not the way clear communication works.

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